Model train­ing for UQ stu­dents

Gatton Star - - INTO RURAL -

VET­ERI­NARY stu­dents can now hone their clin­i­cal skills in a new $1.5 mil­lion train­ing fa­cil­ity at the Univer­sity of Queens­land’s Gat­ton cam­pus.

The School of Vet­eri­nary Science’s chair of teach­ing and learn­ing, As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Row­land Cob­bold, said the new Stu­dent Clin­i­cal Skills Hub was de­signed to help stu­dents de­velop fun­da­men­tal skills un­til they were con­fi­dent they could demon­strate com­pe­tence across the range of clin­i­cal skills re­quired.

“The Stu­dent Clin­i­cal Skills Hub has a sim­u­lated client com­mu­ni­ca­tions lab­o­ra­tory and ac­cess to a range of train­ing mod­els,” Dr Cob­bold said.

“Stu­dents can de­velop fine mo­tor skills in pro­ce­dural tech­niques such as su­tur­ing, and can work on cog­ni­tive, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and di­ag­nos­tic skills.”

The hub in­cludes $60,000 worth of small and large vet­eri­nary an­i­mal mod­els used for sim­u­lated teach­ing and fa­cil­i­tated self-di­rected learn­ing.

Act­ing Head of School As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Jenny Sed­don said the hub would be avail­able to vet­eri­nary science, vet­eri­nary tech­nol­ogy and science stu­dents, and would fur­ther vet­eri­nary clin­i­cal and an­i­mal han­dling skills teach­ing at UQ Gat­ton for years to come.

“Stu­dents’ prob­lem­solv­ing abil­i­ties and clin­i­cal skills will be greatly en­hanced by ac­cess to the ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy and high-im­pact ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties of­fered in the lab space,” Dr Sed­don said.

Fourth-year vet­eri­nary science stu­dent El­iz­a­beth James-jenks said the Stu­dent Clin­i­cal Skills Hub was “a fan­tas­tic fa­cil­ity that has ev­ery­thing we need to prac­tise all of our skills for our as­sess­ments, but also life-long skills we'll need in prac­tice”.

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